I remember growing up hearing my mother tell me that my actions would speak louder than my words. I really didn’t grasp what she was talking about then but now I understand. She was telling me that I couldn’t tell you I was one thing while my actions said I was something else.
What do your actions say about you? I try to be a good person, do my actions say that I am? Am I respectful? Am I thoughtful? Do I care about others? What do I actually do that relays that message of being a good person?
I tried to be a good mother. Did I discipline my children for not behaving? Did I teach them right from wrong? Did I take them to Church? Did I feed them, clothe them, provide for them? What did my actions show?
I try to be a good wife. Do I show attention to my husband? Do I keep the house clean? Do I nag him to get something done? Do I give him space to live his own life?
I am a Christian. Do my actions tell you that I am? Do I let the light of Jesus shine in me? Do I walk by faith? Am I judgemental of others? Do I forgive those who have wronged me? Do I pray for the sick and the lonely? Would you know I was a Christian if you followed me around?
I was watching a training call the other day and the gentleman was talking about faith and hope. He talked about a tightrope walker by the name of Charles Blondin. I was so impressed by the analogy that I wanted to share it with you.
Charles Blondin was a tightrope walker in the 1800’s. He is probably one of the most famous tightrope walkers that ever lived. He really came to fame in 1860 when he became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls (over a quarter of a mile) and 160 feet above the falls. He not only walked across the falls but he did it several times, once in a sack, blindfolded, in the dark, and even on a bicycle. He then walked to the middle of the rope, sat down with a stove that he carried with him, cooked himself an omelet and ate it. Can you imagine how the crowd felt? They went wild!! There was nothing this man couldn’t do. He went back and got a wheelbarrow and asked if they thought he could walk across the rope while pushing the wheelbarrow. The crowd erupted with applause. Of course, he could, that should be easy for him after all they had just seen him do. But what he said next quietened the crowd. He asked for a volunteer to get “in” the wheelbarrow. WHAT!!! They “believed” he could but their actions told of the doubt they had.
So do you believe in Christ? Do you believe that He is the Son of God? Would you get in His wheelbarrow if your life was on the line? What would your actions say?
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